Coffee all over my monitor, great stuff Superstrong, all those serious faces and then you!
Fantastic weekend, really enjoyed myself.
Thank you to every Retrobiker who turned up, it made the event so special to be amongst friends, even when you've only put a username to a face minutes before.
Special thanks to the sports casuals teams lead by Max and Neil. The teams and the captains gave everything and this was reflected in huge tally of laps completed (believed to be 18 or 19 by both teams).
My favourite memory is my first lap. I rode the entire course including the Kenda climb and had a good dual around the lap with ti-fat (one of many retrobikers I was delighted to meet during the weekend).
The low point for me was my night lap, it rained and the course turned to grease, I crashed twice and smashed my brand new just out the box helmet on a low branch. To top it off I knew Mr. K was hunting me down in the darkness behind me, with his bourbon pride spurring him on.
I think I was most impressed by the organisation of the whole event. I've been to many other race meeting and never before had facilities like free showers c/w shower gel, free bike washes and free technical support, absolutely fantastic.
Biggest disappointment was discovering that the easy route was about 5 minutes and a climb shorter than the demanding hard route. Wish I’d of known that on my first couple of laps, especially the night lap when I cart wheeled the Raleigh down it!
I must also congratulate the hecklers out on the course. Taunts of "Blood retrobikers. It's like riding with lepers, bits falling off all over the place" and my favourite of the weekend directed at me on my Raleigh in my Raleigh riding gear "It's David Baker, he's let his conditioning go hasn't he!". Generally though there was a great deal of support and encouragement out on the track for the retro riders.
Final mention must go to the Retrobike stand. What a success that was, so many bikes were brought for display that those volunteering to run it were constantly rearranging the stand to accommodate them. The bikes were beautifully displayed and many of the bikes simply breathtaking.
I'm sure I’ll be seeing you all again next year for more Mayhem.